About Gold Standards Framework training

Our aim is to enable a gold standard of care for all people in the last years of life, supporting them to live well until they die. Find out how our training programmes support this.

The training programmes equip organisations to promote individualised, proactive care planning, which supports reducing unnecessary hospital admissions through better anticipated crisis management and reducing unwanted interventions.  

Successful implementation of these programmes improves the confidence of staff and quality of care, resulting in effective communication, co-ordination and team working.

Who have GSF trained?

  • 785 GP Practices (Gold/Silver GSF), with 98% GP practices doing bronze GSF since 2004
  • 50 Acute Hospitals, 303 wards
  • 52 Community Hospitals, 70 wards
  • 3,395 Care Homes
  • Over 1000 Domiciliary Care workers
  • 29 retirement villages
  • 9 hospices
  • 3 prisons
  • 10 Cross Boundary care Sites using GSF across sectors

What does the training cover?

  • The assessment skills for early proactive identification and coding to recognise early decline, with knowledge of how to respond appropriately;
  • Advance Care Planning conversations with those in your care and also their families and carers;
  • Collaborative working with GPs community teams and social care colleagues;
  • Skill and confidence to meet the needs of the dying; enhanced communication with relatives, and supporting families to enable their loved ones to die in their preferred place of care.

How long does the training take?

This is dependent on the GSF training programme being undertaken:

  • Care Homes, Domiciliary Care, Retirement Villages: the facilitated training sessions for Silver and Gold programmes take place over six months, currently these are delivered via eight half day webinar workshops scheduled every three weeks and depending on the easing of current social-distancing restrictions, can be delivered as four full day face-to-face workshops scheduled every six weeks. Where the Gold programme is being undertaken, successful completion of the portfolio to achieve Accreditation status will take a further six to 12 months;
  • Primary Care: training takes six to nine months as a distance learning programme and practices are advised to schedule a session monthly. There are six sessions in total.
  • Acute Hospitals, Community Hospitals, Hospices, Prisons: the facilitated training sessions for Silver and Gold take place over 12 months, these are delivered via eight half day webinar workshops scheduled every six weeks and depending on the easing of current social distancing restrictions, can be delivered as four full day workshops every three months. Where the Gold programme is being undertaken, successful completion of the portfolio to achieve Accreditation status will take a further six to 12 months.

Attendance is required at all training for the chosen programme, completing relevant interim work ahead of each workshop. On completion of the training organisations need to allocate six to 12 months to embed their learning into practice.

Where can I be trained?

Our regional training centres, based mainly in hospices around the country, provide local workshops / webinar training to the social care sector.

Programmes are delivered virtually with the plan to move to a hybrid format as and when the easing of restrictions may allow, and will be through the GSF central team.

How can I access the training?

To access the training programmes and register your interest any of the GSF Programmes, please submit an enquiry form selecting the programme you are interested in.

Where to start and further information

Below are some useful free resources and events to help inform your thinking:


 "GSF has given us permission to change our approach to looking after this patient group and the time to care for them in the way we would want for our own family members when they reach this stage of their life."

Dr Elizabeth Gonzalez, Erdington Medical Centre, Birmingham
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